An ambitious development at Oban’s North Pier took another step forward yesterday after a contract worth £90,000 was awarded to a drilling firm which carry out investigation work.
The works will inform the design for Argyll and Bute Council’s plans for a pontoon development and the expansion of the North Pier.
The firm Holequest will install a small rig on the pier, with drilling set to begin on Tuesday.
The work will last around three weeks and is to conclude by April 19, with drilling taking place Monday to Saturday 8am-8pm.
Executive director for development and infrastructure, Pippa Milne, said: “This is another significant step forward in our work to improve Oban. The findings from this investigation work will help us develop the plans for the North Pier expansion and to finalise the designs for the new transit berthing facility.
“Understanding the ground conditions will allow our engineers to come up with the best, most affordable solution to build what everyone wants – a modern, welcoming, sustainable berthing facility which will attract cruise ships to Oban, bringing people in to spend their money in local shops and restaurants.
“This is the best time of year to do this work, with the lighter nights and better working weather the contractor can work longer days which means we can get in and out in time to leave the pier clear for its busy spring/summer period.
“Reports on the design options for a visitor facility to replace the White Building as well as the development of the berthing facility are going to the April meeting of the Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Committee where members will indicate the preferred way forward.
“We will be putting out more information on our exciting plans in the lead up to, and following, that meeting.
“We would like to thank people in advance for their patience and understanding during this essential work.”